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Ava Louise Sawyer

December 11th, 2004 - May 7th, 2020

Ava Louise Sawyer was a Freshman at Centennial High School in Boise. Ava was a straight A student at CHS where she also played violin in orchestra and started as a guard for the JV girls’ basketball team. Ava has a strong faith in God and was preparing to celebrate the holy sacrament of Confirmation at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in May. She also shared her strong belief in the Sanctity of Life. Ava is also a huge Harry Styles fan and taught herself to play several of the musician’s songs on the piano. She was beautiful, multi-talented and wise beyond her years. Ava was born December 11, 2004 in Boise and left us for Heaven on May 7, 2020. She is survived by her mother, Kim; father, Patrick, and older sister, Lily all from Boise. She will be missed terribly by her close friends and loving family, including her grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. In lieu of flowers, an Ava Louise Sawyer Memorial Fund for Life is being set up to help support her wishes. Checks can be written to Centennial High School and mailed or dropped off at 12400 W. McMillan Rd., Boise, 83713 with Ava Sawyer Memorial Fund written in the memo. St Marks Boise

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Da'nell Cannon

Dear Sawyer Family, When I think of Ava, I think of the words "radiant and "sunshine"--her radiant smile, her bright eyes and her outgoing personality. I will treasure always the last time I saw Ava while entering the Taco Bell Arena for a BSU basketball game. I hadn't noticed her and I was so impressed that she made the point to come say HI to me--with that beautiful Ava smile of hers. It's a precious memory. What a cherished privilege it was for our daughter Emmie to be able to first teach her the violin, and for us to weekly have her (along with you) in our home and to hear her beautiful music. We will always remember her proficiency and quick ability to learn, her dedication for practicing, and the joy she expressed through her beautiful music. We express our deepest condolences and sympathy for your incredible loss. May the Comforter be with you to sustain you, and may your hearts be filled with God's love to overflowing. May the warmth of beautiful memories of Ava fill us all as constant and bright as the sun--like her smile, her eyes, her golden hair, and her friendly and gracious personality. With love, Da'nell, Emmie, and John Cannon

Published March 31st, 2024
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Kathy

Please know you and your family are very loved, and healing prayers are being sent your way. Hugs, Kathy(JESSICAS MOM)

Published March 31st, 2024
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Jocelyn Lockhart

Kim, Patrick, and Lily, Ava was such a sweet girl. I remember teaching her ballet when she was 3 and 4. She had a glowing smile and kind heart. I enjoyed seeing her through the years as Lily continued ballet and she would occasionally stop by the studio and attended Lily's performances. Your family has always had a special place in my heart and my heart aches for you at this time. Going through old photos I found this one of Ava in her first performance. Our dance was to "So Long, Farewell". I remember her sweet waves at the audience in our dance. For now, we say so long, farewell to Ava but I know it is only temporary and we will see her again one day. -Jocelyn Lockhart

Published March 31st, 2024
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Demetra Conklin

🕯️ Ava was a rare combination of kindness, graciousness, beauty and intelligence. A seemingly perfect child raised with great care by two amazing and faithful parents. All of her St. Mark’s classmates are so broken by this loss. Kim, Patrick and Lily, you are in our hearts always.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Mark Hopkins

🕯️ Sweet but with a quiet confidence that said so much more than words ever could. She absolutely shined as a human and I am so grateful to have known Ava. I am a better person because I was privileged to have spent time around her. My prayers will always be with her and your family.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Bill Green8q

🏀 We are so sorry for your loss. We enjoyed Ava when we were visiting the Greens. Will keep you in our thoughts & prayers. Bill & Marty Green.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Ryan DeJana

🕯️ Pat, Kim, and Lily, we are so sorry for you loss and wish we could be there with you. The world will truly miss Ava's light. Love from Colorado, Ryan, Olivia, Liam, and Owen DeJana

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Megan Wilcox

🕯️ Ava and I played Basketball for 4 years together. We weren't close but we were friends. We talked and got to know each other. Ill miss her and I wish her family and friends the best. ❤

Published March 30th, 2024
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Julie Snider

🕯️ Ava was such a beautiful girl with an amazing spirit. We enjoyed the time we were able to watch her and Kenz play ball... she was a joy to watch. I cannot imagine what you are going through but please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God send you some comfort during this tragic time.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Bonnie Ash

🕯️ I am so very sorry for your loss...I can't begin to express how very sorry I am...at a time like this, there are just no words that work! I know of your daughter and I know how very special she was...wise beyond her years and capable of so much. May you find some comfort in leaning on those you love and knowing you will see her again. My heart is hurting for you...Most Sincerely, Bonnie Ash

Published March 30th, 2024
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Craig Bolerjack

🏀 It's rare you meet a young person that makes an instant impact on one's life. For me, Ava did just that. I met this bright eyed girl last year at Vivint Smart Home Arena, and it was obvious she was an avid Jazz fan. The smile and the Donovan Mitchell jersey was proof of that, Though our talk lasted only a few minutes, you knew her love of life was strong and the wonderment of it all was just beginning, but sadly has left us too soon,. "Take Note" Ava Sawyer....JazzNation will miss you ! God Bless

Published March 30th, 2024
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Annette Bernstein

🕯️ I was blessed to be Ava's third-grade teacher. Her smile would light up the room. She was always kind and caring to everyone around her. She will be missed. My thoughts and prayers are going to the Sawyer Family during this time.

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Teresa Andrew

✝️ Teresa Andrew Nothing I say or do can ease the heartache your family is experiencing. Kim & Patrick were so overjoyed when Lily & Ava were born. They loved them so, and what a beautiful family. I’m sending hugs and hope prayer brings some comfort at this very sad time.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Tana Shereck

🕯️ Happy heavenly sweet 16, Ava Louise. Your smile and beauty inside and out continues to radiate everywhere. xoxo Tana

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Melissa,Natalie & Molly

🕯️ God Bless You All!!!

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Diana Drake

Words cannot express the deep sympathy I have for your family...May God bless you now and forever. Diana Drake "What was once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes part of us." Helen Keller

Published March 30th, 2024
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Owen, Dawn, Ryan, and Nick Seatz

I am so sorry that this happened. Ava was and will always be such a beautiful person. Heaven became a whole lot more beautiful.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Chris Ingram

Patrick, we're so sorry for your loss. May your family be blessed with the Savior's peace and comfort during this hard time. With Faith and Hope - and Prayers for all of you, Chris Ingram

Published March 30th, 2024
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Cindy Griewe

Oh Kim and Patrick- I am so very sorry...so very, very sorry. Here on TOU we are mourning with you. Our hearts ache for your family. We could always see the overwhelming love you have for your daughters in the stories you share with us here. Blessing, care, and love to you from your TOU family.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Jen

Your family is our thoughts and prayers! I know that your beautiful baby girl is with God! I pray you receive peace and comfort at this time!

Published March 30th, 2024
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Tony Moro

Hello, My name is Tony Moro. I don’t know the family, but I am friends with Brittany Hugoboom and her brother Mike Martinez, and it was Brittany who broke the tragic news to me. I am heartbroken and deeply saddened to hear this. Brittany told me what an amazing athlete and basketball player Ava was becoming and had high aspirations to reach greater levels in basketball. How wonderful it would have been to see her become a better player as she gets older. My heartfelt thoughts and prayers go out to not only Ava but to all of you. I will be praying for you. A beautiful soul is never forgotten. Rest in peace Ava.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Sheila Hermes

Kim and family, My heart is heavy. I can’t imagine the pain you are experiencing and I’m praying for you all. She sounds like an amazing young woman, not only a personal loss but a loss for all in what she’d offered to all. This is not a surprise in knowing her mom and mom’s family in years past. I can’t think of anything else to say other than once again, I’m so sorry for your loss. I believe faith is what can help heal your hearts and establish a sense of comfort. God bless you Kim, Patrick, Lily and Ava

Published March 30th, 2024
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John Reinebach

Patrick and Kim, I am so moved for you and Lily by this loss. There is nothing I can say that will assuage the grief. I will pray for you, for I know that the Lord Jesus cares for us like no other can. He is the true Light.

Published March 31st, 2024
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Christina Bernadette

We are so very sorry for your loss. Our daughter Maddie (Gonzales) went to school with Ava and played basketball with her and Maddi at Lowell Scott last year. Whenever we told her how awesome of a basketball player she was, she would softly and humbly say thank you. Anytime we saw Ava, she was sweet and soft spoken. We most recently saw her at Boise Juice Co, said hello, she gave us a beautiful smile and said hello. Our Maddie has many memories of how helpful Ava was in the various classes they had together at Centennial, always willing to help a fellow classmate. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers. We will plant a tree in Ava’s honor. May God’s love give you peace during this difficult time. Our deepest condolences - Cabrera Family including Fellow Patriots - Madison Gonzales & Teagan Cabrera.

Published March 31st, 2024
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Da'nell Cannon

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patty carew

🕯️ Psalm 57: 1-2 Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, For in you my soul takes refuge. In the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, Till the storms of distruction pass by. I cry out to God most high, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. Kim my heart is bleeding for you and your tremendous loss. Please know that I will offer up many Rosaries for your family! Patty Carew

Published March 30th, 2024
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Aly A.

🕯️ May her Soul Rest

Published March 30th, 2024
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Ann Pietrucci

🕯️ Sending my sincere condolences to Tom and Phyllis Sawyer and Ava's family. Such a tragic loss for a beautiful child of God. Continued prayers that He will provide strength, comfort, and His healing peace in the days ahead.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Tammy Ripley

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Barb Diederick

🕯️ Kim, Patrick and all your family- we send our deepest sympathy for the loss of your daughter Ava. We can’t imagine what you are going through but know, you and your whole family are in our thoughts and prayers. Barb and Steve Diederick

Published March 30th, 2024
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Teresa Barnes

🕯️ My mom, Jacquie Eshelman; my daughter, Samantha Barnes and I taught Ava in Relgious Education at St Mark's @ about 4 years old and although she was quiet and shy, it was easy to tell the children who had been taught the prayers and about God at home!! She was smart, sweet and awesome...I almost didnt recognize her when I saw her in St Mark's...she has grown into such a beautiful young lady!! May you hold the love and memories of your wonderful Ava in your heart and mind forever and may you find Peace. Parents aren't suppose to outlive their children, so very sorry that this happened, all our love....JW, Teresa & Samantha Barnes & Harold & Jacquie Eshelman

Published March 30th, 2024
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Jessica Konkoly Haas

🕯️ I am so sorry for you loss. I remember Ava and Lily coming into the parish office after school to see their grandma Phyllis. Ava was in kindergarten then and we talked and teased about her smelly socks! Such precious memories of a sweet girl. My heart is heavy and I pray God is with you in your time of sarrow.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Carmen Borlet

🕯️ Heaven needed an angel but I am so deeply saddened that she is no longer on this earth. My heart goes out to you Kim. I remember sitting behind your family every Sunday at Mass. My boys would be squirming and misbehaving. I'd look at your beautiful little ladies and be so envious. Please know that I've never forgotten your wonderful family and am praying for you.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Sarah Clingan Rosenland

🕯️ Sarah Clingan Rosenlund So sorry for Kim and the entire family. This is shocking!! I remember when Kim was pregnant and Ava was born. Please pass on my prayers to everyone. So sad...

Published March 30th, 2024
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Max Gilchrist

🏀 I'm so sorry for your loss. She was an amazing friend and it feels like just yesterday we were in English, debating whether or not Harry Styles was as good as she said, you can probably guess that I lost the debate by a long-shot. Ava could do anything she set her mind to and it's a shame we can't see her live the bright future of hers that was just beginning to unfold

Published March 30th, 2024
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Hannah

🕯️ She will be truly missed

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Peri

🕯️ Beautiful young lady, beautiful family!

Published March 30th, 2024
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Josi Christensen

Ava was a calming force! She was a student of mine last year at Lowell Scott. My heart aches for her family and friends. Her bright eyes and shining face was such a welcome sight. Her work was so tidy and colorful, she would use pencils or thin markers to embellish her perfect handwriting. Ava worked well in any groups she was put in, without exception. Ava made the world a better place. I can't believe she's not here anymore. I'm so sorry.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Reid B.

I was a former classmate of Ava and I thought that she was the most lovely and kind girl I had known and she always lit up the room. She always put others before herself and I would imagine that she is happy to be in Heaven with God. It is always sad to see an amazing person go, but God must have chosen her early. Best of wishes to the Sawyer family and her close friends.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Mark Coppin

Kim, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I am thinking and praying for you and your family. As a person who has also lost a daughter, I know the extreme pain you are going through right now. Rely on your family and friends to bring you comfort during these difficult times and know that we are all thinking and praying for you. Your friend, Mark and Rachel Coppin

Published March 30th, 2024
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Jodi

Kim, Patrick and Lily, We were great broken to hear of Ava's passing. We are praying for you all daily and offering rosaries for you. May the God of mercy grant you peace and understanding in this difficult time. If you need anything, please do not hesitate to let us know. May God bless you and grant you many consolations. The Fulfords

Published March 30th, 2024
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Rebecca Kehn

I was Ava's 8th grade English teacher. What stood out to me about Ava was her strong moral compass, her work ethic, and her kindness. She had a keen awareness of others around her and their needs. Her smile brought sunshine into any space she entered. I will forever have memories of her in my classroom and she will be missed so much. My love and thoughts go out to her family.

Published March 30th, 2024
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Violet Conklin

Sweet Ava, You truly were an angel-- always gentle, always kind. You were a beautiful soul. My heart aches for your family and for anyone else lucky enough to have crossed paths with you. Love, Violet C.

Published March 30th, 2024
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